ROCHESTER, NY, April 18, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — New research from Paychex, Inc., a leading provider of integrated human capital management software solutions for human resources, payroll, benefits and insurance services, reveals the effects harmful effects of unpredictable work schedules on full-time and part-time employees. time employees. Given the pressures of the COVID-19 pandemic and related staffing challenges, three in ten respondents reported having slightly or extremely unpredictable work schedules. The research was conducted in partnership with Future Workplace, a member company of Executive Networks.
According to the report, respondents indicated that the top five impacts of an irregular schedule are:
- Difficulty planning personal commitments (44%)
- Feeling exhausted (39%)
- Financial distress (30%)
- Feeling disconnected from family and friends (30%)
- Inability to take care of their mental health (24%)
Part-time workers face challenges due to unpredictable schedules
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, part-time workers make up about 20% of the employed US workforce. Of these part-time workers, 63% are women. The Paychex study found that schedules were more likely to be slightly or extremely unpredictable for part-timers (31%) than for full-timers (23%). Part-time employees also face other challenges:
- Part-time workers (34%) are more likely to report financial hardship due to an unpredictable schedule than full-time workers (26%).
- Part-time workers (42%) are more likely to report working fewer hours per week due to the COVID-19 pandemic than full-time workers (21%).
“The future workplace will likely continue with part-time and full-time workers in a variety of settings and schedules, and employees face challenges with unpredictable schedules,” said Alison Stevens, Director of HR Services at Paychex. “As employers consider their employee scheduling processes – only 34% of employees said they could choose the days or times they would like to work – they should consider the short and long term impacts term when schedules deviate from regularity and prioritize flexibility, strong communication and well-being support.”
Feelings of hybrid workers on work schedules
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the schedules of hybrid workers, with 29% of hybrid workers saying they now work more hours per week, compared to 21% of fully onsite employees and 25% of remote employees.
Other key findings on hybrid workers and schedule instability include:
- Struggles with mental health: Hybrid workers (29%) are more likely to report having difficulty taking care of their mental health due to unpredictable schedules than fully remote workers (23%) and fully on-site workers (21%) .
- Work-life balance issues: Hybrid workers (36%) are more likely to feel disconnected from family and friends due to an unpredictable schedule than fully on-site workers (31%) and fully remote workers (21%).
- Log out of the office: Hybrid workers (26%) are much more likely to feel disconnected from their team/work due to an unpredictable schedule than fully on-site workers (17%) and fully remote workers (15%).
Younger generations feel the effects of unstable working hours
According to the report, A Disrupted Year: How the Arrival of Covid-19 Affected Youth Disconnection by Measure of America, some young workers have withdrawn from the workforce entirely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the Paychex study, of the generations surveyed, Gen Z were most likely to say their hours worked per week had changed as a result of the pandemic, with 31% saying their hours had decreased and 28% that they had increased .
The main challenges that younger generations say they face with an unpredictable schedule are:
- Burnout: Millennials (44%) and Gen Z (43%) are more likely to feel burnt out due to an unpredictable work schedule than Baby Boomers (33%) and Gen X (35%).
- Personal development: Millennials (24%) and Gen Z (28%) are more likely to say they are unable to prioritize their development due to an unpredictable work schedule than older generations (Boomers 12%; Gen X 17%).
- Mental Health: Millennials (29%) are more likely to say they are unable to take care of their mental health due to unpredictable work schedules than Baby Boomers (14%).
“We’ve seen the workplace change so much over the past few years, including hours worked by employees. More than half (55%) of respondents in this report say weekly working hours have changed since the pandemic,” said Jeanne Meister, the founder of Future Workplace and Executive Vice President at Executive Networks. “Employers must do what they can to help workers feel the pressure of an unpredictable schedule.”
For more information on this investigation, please see the full research report.
This data is the result of an online survey of 605 full-time and part-time employees of small and medium-sized businesses in the United States. February 18 – March 1, 2022. Note: For this study, the basis of earnings (ie, wage versus hourly) was not collected from respondents. This is one of a series of research reports administered by Future workplace which will focus on the employee perspective and identify key concerns, priorities and trends facing the modern workforce.
Paychex, Inc. (Nasdaq: PAYX) is a leading provider of integrated human capital management solutions for human resources, payroll, benefits and insurance services. By combining its innovative software-as-a-service technology and mobility platform with personalized, dedicated service, Paychex allows small and medium business owners to focus on growing and running their business. With 50 years of industry expertise, Paychex serves more than 710,000 payroll customers from May 31, 2021 in the United States and Europeand pays one in 12 US private sector employees. Learn more about Paychex by visiting paychex.com and stay connected at Twitter and LinkedIn.